Tuesday, August 29, 2006

So You Think You Can Dance

Can you believe it? I still haven't watched the final show. I watched the first 15 minutes and then I speeded over to the end to see who won.

It's great that Benji won. He's a great dancer with heart and he will represent the show well. Heidi and Benji are great dancers who work hard and who live dance. All the dancers in the top 10 are deserving to win and I hope that all go on to major jobs that showcase their talent on stage.

I have been busy and haven't had time to watch a lot of television. That's one reason why I haven't finished the show. The biggest reason is because I just don't want it to end. I want to savor it, minute by minute. I love this show. It's my favorite show.

I wish I had dance in my life. I had a chance to dance at Ben's wedding but it's obvious that I don't get to dance. I dance only in my heart.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Tangletown in Green Lake

A few blocks from Ben's house in Green Lake, off the main roads and in the center of the neighborhood is Tangletown, an Elysian brewing company.

2106 N. 55th Street

It's worth a visit for great food and great beer. You can buy a sampler of 5 beers to try. The waiter talked about a pumpkin beer that's popular in the fall that sounded delicious.

Boy, did I have a great breakfast with an Italian sausage and cheese omelet. Wow! That was good. I don't remember the name but it's delicious.

My favorite breakfast place in Seattle so far has always been the Rusty Pelican in Wallingford but now I also like Tangletown. A perfect start for any day in Seattle and then mozey on over to Green Lake and walk the 2.8 mile trail around this amazing manmade lake. How could life be any better than this?

RACHA NOODLES and Thai cuisine

After we rode the duck, Ben took our family over to Racha Noodles on Mercer Street to enjoy Thai food in the Queen Anne district of Seattle. Ben's taken me here before and each time I have loved each dish ordered. It's elegant dining with delicious food.

I remember another time when they had music on Thai instruments softly playing in the background. I love the sculptures of large glass and metal flowers.

My favorite dish is #68 Golden Cashew with bell peppers, green onions, celery, carrot, cashew nuts, and Racha special sauce.

Always the best food and the best jasmine green tea. www.rachathai.com
RACHA NOODLES and thai cruisine
23 Mercer Street close to the Space Needle
Seattle, WA 98109

Ride the Duck

Anyone visiting Seattle needs to head on over to the Space Needle and ride the duck. It's a tour of Seattle's best spots with an entertaining account of all interesting highlights as you pass on land and in the bay.

One in eight people living in Seattle owns a boat. I remember eating at Ivars at another visit to Seattle and watching people arrive in boats to eat at this amazing restaurant that caters to an upscale crowd.

While our duck was touring the bay, we learned that Seattle allows a fixed number of houses in the water. Some multi-million dollar homes have a basement enclosed by glass windows with lights to attract the fish. One woman who retired early from Microsoft decided to start a rowing school. When told that her school on the bay was one too many and would have to be torn down, she added a motor. I would sure like to meet this amazing woman who is an inspiration to all. Now she takes her "boat" out each year for a huge fundraising event to circle the bay overlooking the Space Needle and downtown Seattle.

If you want laughter, fun, and to see the best of Seattle, Ride the Duck. I can sure highly recommend it. Thanks, Ben! www.ridetheducksofseattle.com 1-206-441-DUCK (3825).

A Fairy Tale Wedding

When your children marry, all you want as a parent is their happiness. This is all I have ever wanted for all of my children.

My son, Benjamin married Amanda on August 20th in the rose garden at the Woodland Park Zoo in GreenLake, which is part of Seattle. It was a fairy tale wedding in a beautiful setting. Ben's brothers, Joe and Daniel stood beside him in support as I looked on with pride sitting next to my husband, their father.

At the reception, Joe sang a song created by Joe and Sharon Label, Amanda's mother to the tune of "Going to the Chapel." It outlined Ben and Amanda's journey of love that brought them to the garden in marriage. It was cute. Joe also sang a selection from Andrew Lloyd Weber accompanied on the harp by Karyn Jones.

Daniel made a magnificent speech as the best man. He's always great in front of a group.

The food catered at the reception at the Zoo couldn't have been a better selection or variety. It was delicious.

Amanda and Ben are both happy and I'm happy for them both as they start their new life together. They are off to Tahiti for the honeymoon on the beach, surf and the sun. They have a beautiful home in Green Lake and the years ahead to share together.

Although it was only a few days of meeting Ben's new family, it was nice to meet everyone and get to know Amanda's family. The blending of families makes life much richer.

The garden wedding among the gorgeous roses makes me want to start a rose garden of my own here in Alsea. It sure was beautiful and I don't see how it could have been nicer.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Mel Gibson

I had a phone conversation with my Aunt Ellen who is 97 years old who excuses the behavior of Mel Gibson. I, however, cannot excuse his words so easily.

Alcohol may have released the words but they were in his heart.

I am always confounded when any Christian pours out hatred for ANY group of people when Jesus commanded that we love thy neighbor as thyself. Can one be an example of Christianity and feel hatred towards anyone? I think not!

God made everyone. We are all a little different so He can tell us apart. Some are different colors. We come in different shapes and sizes but we are all children of God. We should be kind to one another and get along.

So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance is ENTERTAINMENT in all caps! The high energy show teaches the spirit of dance. Nigel Lithgoe, the correographers, and other produces of this important show, my favorite show, should win major awards for encouraging dance at a time when obesity is so high among youth and adults in this country. I can think of no greater joy than dance.

I've learned a lot about different types of dance. I had no idea what krumping was and now I have a true appreciation for hip hop. I still have a lot to learn but this show is explosive with talent from the dancers and choreographers. Original routines are expected by Mia Michaels. Brian Friedman said, "I love when dance is art." So do I. The "dorktastic" routine, a phrase coined by Brian referring to Shane Spark's choreography tonight, was fun and unexpected. Gifted choreographers, the BEST of the Best are featured on this show.

The group pop routine at the end, choreographed by Wade Robson, was original, art, fun, and pure joy to watch. I love this show. It makes me want to get up and dance at 58. I dance in my heart with each one on stage.

Next week we will learn who America picks as the favorite dancer. Out of four gifted dancers, one will be selected by the vote. My vote out of the four is for Travis who I feel is the greatest of all as a technical dancer and performer. All will go on to major careers on stage, no matter who wins. They have all danced their hearts out, showing emotion from their toes, up through each part of their body with high energy and talent. They are all winners! Thank you, Nigel Lithgoe, for bringing So You Think You Can Dance into my living room!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

My Garden

I measured my garden space last weekend and found out that I have 2500 square feet in garden. I have plans to dig more beds and to put more of my land in production. We have 3.68 acres. One acre can be used for garden. The other 2 1/2 acres is to be kept in timber.

I have big plans to add dwarf fruit trees, nut trees, more blueberries, thornless blackberries and raspberries, seedless table grapes, currants, hardy keewee, more corn, and more delicious fresh vegetables.

I'm not sure I want to sell much. I'm mainly doing this to make sure I have enough food. I know how to can and preserve since I took the Master Food Preserving course in Salem in 1999 at the same time that I went through the Master Gardening course. That year in Master Gardening, I volunteered 175 hours of my time in addition to the time with showing people how to can in demonstrations.

I've never had a garden this big before so I need to learn more about crop rotation, what vegetables work together, and I need to start a serious garden journal.

I also want to have a big dahlia bed with a large variety of dahlias. I love dahlias. They make such great bouquets to bring in the house and to give away.

This will all take time. Inch by inch, foot by foot, and yard by yard, my garden will get bigger and bigger.


I received a letter from my cousin in Sweden a couple of days ago. My cousins from Sweden came to visit me in Alsea three years ago. Although I sent letters and a package, I didn't hear back. I thought it odd.

Finally, I have proof that I'm not getting all my mail. In my cousins letter, she said she sent two letters that I didn't receive. So there it is in writing.

I try to make a formal complaint and was given a telephone number. I was told that my cousin in Sweden needs to follow up on this. No one wanted to know my name. I didn't get to sign a form. I didn't get to make a formal statement.

I sure wonder how much mail I don't receive that is sent to me.